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Quality Workforce

Dalton and Whitfield County has a growing and experienced labor pool that commutes from surrounding localities. With a labor force of over 1 million within driving distance and the third largest manufacturing community per capita in Georgia, our workforce has a high degree of pride and a strong work ethic. Our manufacturers also boast a 0% unionization rate. 

Download our area labor profile, unemployment report, wage estimates or labor shed (commuting patterns) report.

Industry Overview (2016)

Whitfield County Employment % of jobs Annual Employment Average Weekly Wage 
Total All Industries 100% 57,149 $782
Total Private Industry 90.3% 51,841 $785
Accomodations & Food Services 5.9% 3,248 $293
Administration & Waste Services

2.9%

1,631 $543
Agriculture & Forestry 0.1% 41 $1,240
Arts, Entertainment & Recreation 0.5% 260 $382
Construction 1.8% 1,025 $733
Educational Services 0.2% 105 $631
Finance & Insurance 1.0% 593 $916
Health Care & Social Assistance 9.2% 5,263 $925
Information 0.3% 167 $612
Management of Companies, Enterprises 1.1% 638 $1,526
Manufacturing 35.8% 20,449 $839
Other Services Ex. Public Admin 1.5% 881 $643
Professional & Technical Services 4.4% 2,541 $1,299
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 0.5% 314 $636
Retail Trade 13.3% 7,598 $485
Transportation & Warehousing 5.8% 3,302  $799

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

 

 

Annual Employment & Average Wage (2001-present)

Year Establishments Jobs Average Wage per Job
2014 2,428 54,686 $43,056
2011 2,467 53,309 $36,631
2010 2,494 52,842 $37,482
2009 2,545 53,051 $37,475
2008 2,583 58,877 $36,650
2007 2,630 62,761 $38,181
2006 2,620 64,113 $37,832
2005 2,641 62,925 $38,600
2004 2,652 62,651 $38,737
2003 2,702 61,820 $38,502
2002 2,631 61,259 $38,143
2001 2,547 60,037 $38,344

Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

 

 

Unemployment Rate Comparison

County July 2012
July 2013 July 2014 July 2015 July 2015
Bartow, GA 9.6 9.3 8.2 6.2 5.2
Bradley, TN 8.1 8.1 7.2 6.1 4.7
Catoosa, GA 7.2 7.0 7.4 5.6 5.0
Floyd, GA 10.4 10.2 9.5 7.4 6.6
Gordon, GA 10.6 10.6 8.6 6.2 5.6
Hamilton, TN 8.2 8.6 7.2 5.9 4.9
Murray, GA 12.3 12.4 10.63 8.0 7.0
Whitfield, GA 11.7 12.3 10.3 7.0 6.0
Georgia 9.6 9.1 8.3 5.7 5.0
U.S. 8.6    7.7 5.9 5.3 4.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Workforce Drive Times

The map below shows drive times based on 15, 30 and 45 minutes to the center of Dalton. The county boasts five interstate 75 exits, providing quick access in and out of Dalton and surrounding communities.

commuting

Drive time of 15, 30 & 45 minutes

 
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